Senior Web Designer Salary
Average Senior Web Designers in the United States make around $69K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $50K to $102K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Web Designers approaches anywhere from $50K on the lower end to $102K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Senior Web Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Senior Web Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Senior Web Designer
A senior web designer is responsible for designing and implementing websites for one or more companies. Depending on the size and structure of their firm, the "senior" designation may refer to either how long they have been employed by their firm or their position relative to other designers; a senior web designer may be a leader for a team of designers as well.Read More...
Work environments for senior web designers can vary greatly. For example, if an individual is employed as a telecommuter, then their work environment may be very different from someone who works from a specific office. That said, most employers still want senior web designers to be onsite, if for no other reason than to enable them to easily collaborate with others working on related projects.
Most employers expect a senior web designer to have not only a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related field, but also several years’ hands-on experience designing web sites. However, some firms will accept extensive experience in lieu of a degree.
Senior Web Designer Tasks
- Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.
- Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
- Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.
Common Career Paths for Senior Web Designer
As Senior Web Designers transition into upper-level roles such as User Experience Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. User Experience Directors earn $131K on average per year. It is quite typical for Senior Web Designers to transition into roles as Creative Directors or User Experience Designers, where reported median earnings are $12K and $4K higher per year.
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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Web Designer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $61K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $71K. For Senior Web Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $76K. Senior Web Designers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $74K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Senior Web Designers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Senior Web Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+27 percent), New York (+22 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Washington (+8 percent). Senior Web Designers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Senior Web Designers in Cincinnati bring in salaries that are 22 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Chicago and Tampa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).
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